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barack obama rank now among our presidents? it's lincoln first, then washington, then f.d.r. and washington. where do presidential historians think barack obama may someday rank? dreams of glory. how does president obama look at adams, washington and jefferson? does he even look at the founders for inspiration? finally, second terms are o beset by problems, even scandals and crises often come during second terms. will the second term for barack obama bring him the chance for greatness? i'm chris matthews, welcome to the show. with us today, jon meacham, presidential historian and author of "thomas jefferson: the art of power," michael beschloss, presidential historian, annette gordon-reed, author of "the hemingses of monticello," and jodi kantor, "new york times" writer. as president obama looks to his special terms, historians look at his past with great decisions and great achievements. the president met with several historians during his first term to get their vials. in fact, jodi kantor has written about those sessions between the president and the historians. how d
on the job for now. in washington preparing for senate confirmation hearing that's been put on hold. meantime the fbi conducted a consensual search of broadwell's home. jill kelley's brother calls her the victim. >> she took issue with it. when she took issue, she didn't realize it was going to spark this storm. >> reporter: in washington congress wants to know why it took several days for them and the president to learn about petraeus. >> we need to focus on bigger issues. there was no national security breach. the fbi said it and i think that's the end of the story. >> reporter: lawmakers want to hear from petraeus not just on his affair but the investigation into the deaths in benghazi. back to the information about allen. it's important to note a senior official says allen did nothing inappropriate. the inspector general is investigating. >> tracie potts in washington. thank you. >>> general allen's boss, defense secretary leon panetta was the man in charge of the cia before petraeus. as tracie mentioned last night, speaking while aboard a flight to australia, panetta reacted to the petra
to investigators. meanwhile, the washington post quotes senior law enforcement officials as saying the search conducted at broadwell's home monday night marks a renewed focus on learning just how broadwell gained access to classified files. jill kelley, who has given some impression that she has some kind of state department status that officials say she does not have, called police last weekend after news crews, including nbc, staked out her home and at one point invoked diplomatic-type privileges. >> i am an honorary consul-general so i have inviolability so they should not be able to cross my property. i don't know if you want to get diplomatic protection involved as well. >> just who is jill kelley. her name has come up in connection with two of the nation's top commanders. more now on her story from nbc's kristen welker. >> mrs. kelley, how are you doing? >> reporter: jill kelley was well known in social circles around tampa long before she became fodder for the tabloids of new york. she and husband scott, a surgeon, threw lavish parties at their ten bedroom home that sold for $1.5 milli
, all of washington must now work together to build a stronger and a better nation. >> but this morning, there is panic on wall street. right now, the dow is down more than 250 points. after president obama's re-election and new concerns about the global economy. good morning, and thanks for being with us. i'm marla taez. >> i'm john kelly. good morning, everybody. at one point, 303 points lost on the dow. the marks this morning weighted down with post election worries. let's check in with business and tech reporter scott mcgruen. you say this is not wall street expressing disappointment over four more years of obama. >> not obama, the man. the broader markets did rise significantly in the four years since president obama took office. the worry here is the fiscal cliff. a little more than 55 days from now, automatic and draconian cuts will combine with big tax increases unless washington works together to stop it. and wall street justifiably worried this morning the two sides, the democratic president and senate, and a republican house, will not be able to come to agreement. that's why
to washington and whether the white house and congress can put aside campaign bitterness to reach a deal avoiding the so-called fiscal cliff. last night house speaker john boehner insisted he's optimistic about an agreement telling abc's diane sawyer he is, quote, the most reasonable responsible person in washington but he's also not backing off his stand on tax hikes. >> raising taxes on small business people is the wrong prescription given where our economy is. >> is it on the table to talk about -- >> i made clear yesterday that raising tax rates is unacceptable. and, frankly, it couldn't even pass the house. >> at issue here, a perfect economic storm that could have serious consequences. nbc's andrea mitchell breaks it down for you. >> reporter: the campaign was tough. victory is sweet. now comes the hard part. >> on january 21st, 2013, there's going to be a massive fiscal cliff of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: so what exactly is the fiscal cliff? it's a nightmare combination of tax hikes and spending cuts that congress and the president agreed to to force thems
chorus of questions from lawmakers about exactly when the affair came to light, who in washington was told about it, and when they were told. nbc's kristen walker has the latest on the controversy. >> reporter: according to a senior federal official and close friend of david petraeus, 37-year-old jill kelly complained to fbi agents about being harassed by paula broadwell, david petraeus's biographer. a senior u.s. military official says jill kelly is involved in wounded warrior fundraising in tampa, is married, she and her husband are close petraeus family friends. officials say the downfall started when kelly complained to the fbi that she was receiving intimidating e-mails from broadwell. law enforcement officers tell nbc news that those e-mails tloed the discovery of others between general petraeus and broadwell and were indicative of an extramarital affair. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> reporter: steven boylen is petraeus's former spokesperson and served with him in iraq. he has spoken to petraeus twice this weekend, and says his former boss is remorseful. >> he said
sales. nbc's tracie potts joins us from washington with the details. tracie, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. today we'll see a continued push by the white house. in fact, for the rest of this week, new details released this morning, still pushing for those taxes on the rich. meantime, here on capitol hill we're seeing some small signs of compromise. today president obama meets with small business leaders continuing his push for higher taxes for the wealthy. a new xhous economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam another $2200 next year. >> it seems to be the thing we can agree on, that middle class families should see an extension of these tax cuts. >> reporter: some prominent republicans dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we've been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it's tied to spending cuts and pro growth tax reform that broadens the base. >> you don't raise rates. you cap the amount -- it hets the wealthy. >> reporter: the bottom line, americans are bo
of lottery going on in washington. they're playing with our money. we're going to find out shortly if two parties can agree on a way to keep this country from falling off what is referred to for good reason as a "fiscal cliff,". there were sporadic outbreaks of bipartisanship, no real compromise yet. but the issues are tough and will affect every single american before it is over. we'll take a closer look on how it could impact medicare in just a moment. first we want to begin with white house political director chuck todd, good evening. on where things stand at the negotiating table, good evening >> reporter: today, washington had the feel of a full-blown election campaign. there were props. there were gimmicks and heated political rhetoric from one end of pennsylvania avenue to the other, all over the so-called fiscal cliff. redeploying the campaign image, the president surrounded himself with what he called average middle class families, to ramp up the pressure on the republicans. >> if congress does nothing, every family in america will see their taxes automatically go up at the begin
>>> this morning on "meet the press" -- an unfolding scandal in washington. and a new battle over the fiscal cliff. the election celebration is short-lived. a surprise resignation by cia director david petraeus comes days before congressional hearings over the attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi. we'll get reaction this morning from capitol hill and the very latest reporting on this developing story from our chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell, who broke the story friday afternoon. also the president and republicans get set to negotiate new taxes and spending cuts. is a breakthrough possible? >> i'm open to compromise. i'm open to new ideas. we've debated over and over again. and on tuesday night we found out that the majority of americans agree with my approach. >> mr. president, this is your moment. we're ready to be led. not as democrats or republicans but as americans. now, we want you to lead. >> where does it all go from sneer we'll ask democratic senator from new york chuck schumer and republican senator from oklahoma tom coburn. also we check in with c
of the impact was felt yesterday with the heavy rains up in washington state. we notice that front has now pushed all the way into northern idaho and montana. the storm is still bringing here, about a bring a little chunk of rain into the greater portland area and up towards seattle. the north side just locked in with the rain. we have a moisture connection far to the south. it went all the way down and is lingering near san francisco, san jose and sacramento. so, pretty big storm by any standards in the west. i wouldn't say it was the most impactful storm, nothing like the east coast saw, but it was a pretty good one. as far as the forecast for today, we'll continue, especially early rain around san francisco and definitely in the northwest. notice temperatures aren't do bad for this time of though, you should stay dry around san diego to los angeles. i'll give you a look at your friday forecast coming up and also the election day forecast. >> an important one. bill, thank you. >>> well, just 120 hours to go before election day. governor romney continues on the stump, while president obam
over the television with foreign correspondence stations not just in washington and florida, but all over the u.s. extensive coverage in newspapers, websites. virtually every foreign news organization has on its website a prominent section devoted to the u.s. election. that's tough to imagine in the u.s., that we would pay that kind of attention to another country's political contest. in fact, "the times" in london said their u.s. election section is now their most clicked aside from their home page and the views of it have gone up about 500% since august. part of the reason for all of this global attention is that so many people in so many other countries are looking for a catalyst for change in their own nations coming from a strong decision in the u.s. tonight there will be watch parties all over the world lasting all night long. lynn? >> all right, michelle kosinski for us in london. >>> right now vice president joe biden is in line along with his wife jill and son beau. he is the first of the major candidates to make it to the polling place this morning. mr. biden is at a high s
this afternoon, heading back to washington where voters decided he should stay for four more years. at his campaign headquarters in chicago this afternoon, mr. obama thanked staff and supporters. this, after a night of emotional celebration in his hometown of chicago, 20,000 turned out, shedding tears and sharing hugs. >> a long campaign is now over. and whether i earned your vote or not, i have listened to you. i have learned from you. and you have made me a better president. michelle, i have never loved you more. >> reporter: mixed with a little bit of humor aimed at his daughters. >> i am so proud of you guys, but i will say for now, one dog is enough. >> reporter: the president held almost 2,000 campaign events, logging miles on air force one, the candidates spending the most money in history. it is a victory at times seeming impossible, given the anemic economy, and sharply divided electorate. >> this disruptive debate here on capitol hill. >> reporter: mr. obama seemed to recognize the new urgency for bipartisanship. >> i am looking forward to reaching out and working with both parti
. >>> a victory for president obama. now he returns to washington to deal with a serious financial disaster. >>> and dodging traffic. a nasty auto accident caught on tape, along with the pedestrian who walked away from it. >> announcer: this is "early today" for thursday, november 8th, 2012. >>> good morning. i'm lynn berry. more misery for residents in the northeast this morning as a powerful nor'easter has battered areas already hard hit by hurricane sandy. with winds topping 60 miles per hour, the nor'easter dumped as much as a foot of snow in some parts, downing trees and power lines. as many as 1,700 flights have been canceled just in the past 24 hours, and according to the latest numbers, nearly 401,000 homes and businesses are still without electricity this morning after these two big storms. nbc's danielle leigh is in trenton, new jersey, for us this morning. danielle, good morning to you. >> reporter: good morning, lynn. we're waking up to a couple inches of snow here in trenton. behind me, a downed tree that possibly fell during the height of last night's storm. and for the hundre
story is the fact that some very tough choices are coming, and it is the folks in washington who are going to decide for everyone. we have it all covered tonight, beginning with our chief white house correspondent, chuck todd, good evening. >> reporter: good evening, leaders in wall street and washington have been warning for weeks of a possibility of an economic downturn if they don't avert what we have been calling the fiscal cliff. and yet the consumers we have been talking about are not acting very worried. trying to capitalize on the strong holiday shopping season, the president warned that the economy will spiral downward if it is not addressed. >> i think it is a reason that retailers are so concerned. that congress has not yet extended the middle class tax cuts. >> reporter: the report also estimates that consumer spending could drop by $200 billion by 2013. 31st, there will be a massive fiscal cliff, of large spending cuts and tax increases. >> reporter: the federal reserve chairman coined that term last spring, restoration of 2% in payroll taxes, expiration of unemploy
and washington state. you can see the next one is already making its way onshore, and we are looking at heavy rain, especially across northern california. you can see a closer look. that band of heavy rain just to the west of northern california, that's going to move onshore, and we are going to see a series of these rounds of heavier pockets of rain move in, especially this afternoon. winds will get gusty as well. we had a lot of delays yesterday because of the bad weather out in california. we will most likely see more of those today. look at some of the expected rainfall totals over the next 48 hours. we could end up with some parts of northern california, just north of redding, possibly picking up more than a foot of rainfall out of this system, and it does look like that will continue for most of the week. lynn? >> dylan, thanks so much. >>> and for the rest of us, it was another day of facing the fiscal cliff. white house negotiators head to capitol hill today. they're going to sit down with congressional leaders and talk about specific proposals from both sides for an agreement to avoi
washington has not pushed both sides hard enough. >> the peace process yielded by the united states has helped nothing for the palestinians. at the end of the day, this is about land. >> reporter: a major concern for israel is that the palestinians could now use their new status to press the united nations criminal court to press the occupiers in the territory. today, they are threatening to punish the palestinians by withholding u.s. aid, brian. >> andrea mitchell in our washington bureau tonight, thank you. >>> and then there was that lunch at the white house today, the president and mitt romney who arrived at a side door, walked in and sat down with the man who got the job he wanted so badly. kristen welker has more on the story. at the white house with more on the sit-down between two former rivals, good evening. >> reporter: brian, good evening to you. this lunch was really more about optics than substance. and mostly, it was striking a tone of bipartisanship after a decisive campaign. formerly bitter rivals, mitt romney and president obama, hoping to show they have put past differ
outside san jose pd, bob redell. >>> darnell washington, the fugitive accused of killing susie ko inside her hercules home last month was in court this morning where he was expected to enter a plea. nbc bay area's christie smith is live outside that courthouse in richmond with more. christie, what happened? >> reporter: good morning. this was a very brief court appearance for darnell washington. maybe lasted less than two minutes. he didn't speak or look at the row of cameras inside the courtroom facing him. the 24-year-old is accused of killing retired hercules schoolteacher susie ko. washington's attorney, the public defender, accepted the case but they did not enter a plea today. there are nine counts against him including murder, robbery and carjacking. part of a crime spree that started in southern california with his wife, tania washington, and allegedly included a jail break and wounding a deputy. prosecutors say on october 5th, they killed ko at her home. on the same day, they robbed a k-mart in sunol. they allegedly stole ko's car. ended up in washington state where they led pol
david petraeus, which sent as you know shock waves through washington. new details emerging now this weekend about the fbi investigation that led to the discovery of what officials believe was an extramarital affair between petraeus and his biographer, paula broadwell. and of course so many questions about where this goes from here. joining me now for the latest on this developing story, the "washington post's" bob woodward and our own chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell who broke the story as i mentioned on friday. so andrea, here we are on sunday morning, new details. we know there was someone close to petraeus who got threatening e-mails. a whistleblower. she goes to the fbi. and that's how they get to the affair. >> this other woman, and we know she's not in the government and that she's not a family member, complained to the fbi about what she felt were harass k and threatening e-mails. it was that investigation that led -- they were anonymous e-mails. that led to broadwell's e-mail account. and by examining broadwell's, paula broadwell the biographer's e-ma
a mad dash seeking swing state votes. we have tracie potts tracking it all from washington. >> reporter: new this morning, the nation's unemployment rate is 7.9%, up slightly from a month ago as expected although 171,000 jobs were created in october, plus 134,000 not originally reported in september. >> this is a great report. >> it is consistent with the consumer confidence numbers. it illustrates the break we have seen. consumers have been saying we have more jobs and we're feeling better. >> reporter: both candidates land in ohio today. so far here is the travel schedule. governor romney visits seven states, including a rally in ohio with 100 supporters and politicians and celebrities. in virginia, a make up from hurricane sandy. >> he was the other day talking about saving characters on "sesame street" and playing word game was my name. >> reporter: president obama also visits seven states between now and election day with a focus on ohio. his must-win state. he'll be there every day between now and the election making his closing argument high lighting higher home prices and overse
news, washington. >>> "the new york times" blogger studies all the polls and he says the latest statistic shows president obama leading in 19 out of the 20 swing state polls. silver predicted the 2008 election correctly in 49 out of the 50 states. he said there is a 16% chance that the state polls could be wrong and governor romney will win the race. >>> governor jerry brown is spending the last few days before the election campaigning for proposition 30. he visited some phone bank workers in l.a. this afternoon. proposition 30 would temporarily raise sales tax a quarter cent and hike income taxes on individuals may knowing more than $250,000 a year. it is expected to raise $6 billion to help fund education. but there are mixed feelings about the plan. >> essentially what they're going to do is use the money they would have had to fund education this year and spend that on other projects that they want to use. >> we stand for schools and we stand for the future. that's why i think proposition 30 will have a very strong win on tuesday. >> prop 30 faces challenges from rival prop
-american. plus another presidential predictor, a win or loss by the washington redskins on their final game before election day has accurately predicted the presidency in 17 of the past 18 elections. we'll have details next. >>> while the east coast is getting ready for another nor'easter, the west coast continues to enjoy beautiful weather. the exception? a little bit in the northwest. details are coming up. you're watching "early today." >>> good morning and welcome back. here are some stories making news this morning. a report is expected this week on what caused the crash of the atlanta police helicopter saturday night, killing two officer. the chopper was searching for a runaway boy when it hit a power line pole and crashed to the street. >>> the accidental death of a 2-year-old boy at the pittsburgh zoo yesterday was horrific. he died when he fell 11 feet into an exhibit and was mauled by wild dogs. >>> milt campbell has died at the age of 78. he won the gold medal in the ten-event competition in melbourne, australia. >>> a 31-year-old amputee climbed flights for charity at chicago's
with the u.s. as far as washington is willing to go. israel offered muted congratulations. they had strongly supported romney. we're even hearing from the taliban in pakistan saying, you know what, obama and romney are pretty much the same enemy that we'll continue to fight. for obama, only hours after winning his next term, he's getting his first order of overseas business, at least courtesy of british prime minister david cameron who in a tweet today called obama his friend. he was interviewed on the border with jordan and syria and said that they must do something now. he wants balk's help to assist the people of syria to save them from the slaughter he said is going on there, to put more pressure on the assad regime and to help the rebels. lynn? >> now the work begins. michelle, thanks so much. affirmative action. smoking marijuana for pleasure and defining marriage. how did the states vote? >>> plus president obama's vision for america over the next four years and beyond in his own words. >>> a big storm exiting the east coast is going to affect travel all the way across the country. al
of trust the general himself called unacceptable. nbc bay area's brian mooar has the story from washington. >> the sudden fall of cia chief david petraeus has washington asking how and why. and the woman suddenly in the spotlight, author paula broadwell, isn't saying. back in january, she was promoting her book on the general. >> he absolutely loves the agency, and i think it's a great place for him. >> broadwell, a west point graduate and arm reserve officer had close access to the cia director. federal agents are investigating whether she had access to his e-mails or computer. >> my understanding is that the fbi's investigation into what took place on computers there did not -- was not necessarily focused on him. they came by the information by accident. >> law enforcement and multiple u.s. sources tell nbc news that e-mails between general petraeus and paula broadwell were indicative of an aextramarital affair. nbc was unable to reach paula for a comment. in his resignation letter, the retired four-star general revealed had he "show extremely poor judgment by engaging in an extramarital
'm lynn berry. and today one scandal will give way to another in washington. former cia director david petraeus is expected to testify in a closed-door senate intelligence committee hearing. general petraeus is not expected to discuss his personal indiscretions that ended his cia career last week. instead, he'll be discussing details on the deadly attack on the u.s. consulate in benghazi, libya, that resulted in the death of ambassador christopher stevens and three others. >>> also, the controversy over u.n. ambassador susan rice calling the assault spontaneous back in september has reached a boiling point. yesterday, president obama, in his first news conference since re-election, exploded at republican finger-pointing over rice. >> if senator mccain and senator graham and others want to go after somebody, they should go after me. but for them to go after the u.n. ambassador, who had nothing to do with benghazi and was simply making a presentation based on intelligence that she had receive d, and to besmirch her reputation is outrageous. >> earlier, senators mccain and graham slammed
here at home, much of the focus here in washington remains on controversy on what happened in gaza. >> reporter: on "meet the press," firm denials on benghazi from a top democrat. >> was there a cover-up? do you believe that the president or anybody serving the president deliberately misled the true nature of this attack for political reasons? >> no. >> reporter: former cia director david petraeus left no doubt in his testimony on friday. he said all along that the attack was a terror attack. >> it was terror. that's the point. >> reporter: republicans continued their attack on u.n. ambassador susan rice and her account in the days following the attack that expressed her role in an anti-muslim video. >> the stories he told re-enforced a political narrative helpful to the president. she was the most politically compliant person they could find. i don't know what she told, but i know the stories she told were miss leading. >> it was one of the most unfair attacks i have ever seen in washington in 34 years, susan rice was using the unclassifies talking points that were provided by the
holiday travel. >> anyone trying to travel yesterday in oregon and washington state, it wasn't pretty. not much better this morning either. we knew this was going to be a big storm. it was very impressive yesterday. 100-mile-per-hour wind gusts on the coastline of oregon. minor damage in seattle. we saw people lose power. we're continuing to watch this plume of heavy rain. it has shifted further to the south. it looks like it's about to move a little bit to the south and to the east there of portland. i-5 is definitely the worst drive out there, a solid shield of rain. there's more to come with heavier stuff off the california coastline. even eureka will get the mess to. seattle, one of the top ten wettest november days you experienced yesterday. once we get past the line, the edge of the front will try to clear out. there's more stuff behind it with unsettled hit-and-miss showers and even thunderstorms. the weather pattern, warm air ahead of the system. as the storm continues to dig down, we'll watch the continued threat of showers and even a few thunderstorms are posable, especially
at the capital area food bank in washington, d.c. and earlier in the day, president obama's daughters helped in the traditional pardon for the official white house thanksgiving turkey. after the president's re-election, he joked that life is all about second chances, and this november, "i couldn't agree more." >>> in a new study out, sweden suggests that teens and adults with attention deficit disorder are four to seven times more likely that be others to break the law. the study published in the new england journal of medicine also found that the use of adhd medication into adulthood might also help curb crime. >>> markets left off on a high note before closing for today's holiday. the dow close at the 12,836 after gaining 48 points. the s&p was up three and the nasdaq added nine. >>> heading overseas now, the nikkei shot up 144 points, while the hang seng climbed 218. >>> hostess has made their last twinkies and loaves of wonder bread. the company whose products date back to the late 1800s has received permission to sell off its brands putting more than 18,000 workers in the unemployment l
, as questions about the affair and the fallout swirl around washington. >>> state of confusion. the rest ofhe country has elected a president while the election results in florida remain too close to call. many are asking when it comes to voting why is the sunshine state still in the dark? >>> and bieber breakup. word that justin bieber and selena gomez have split. while they might be sad, a lot of 'tween and teenage girls are likely shrieking with joy, "today," saturday, november 10th, 2012. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to "today" on a saturday. i'm lester holt. >> and i'm erica hill. general david petraeus was one of the most revered figures in washington. a four-star general known for turning around the war in iraq. >> he was even considered a potential presidential candidate, so his admission that he had an extramarital affair, forcing his resignation as cia director, has set off shockwaves around washington. it was discovered as part of an fbi investigation, and it's got many wondering did he compromise national security, and is there more to this story? we're going to have much m
an evergreen show. >> david letterman had denzel washington on. he said he wouldn't have turned up for anybody but dave. said he swam to the studio. a lot of tweets. >> twitter, we saw rosie o'donnell showed a picture of her backyard that now looks like a river that is -- >> a terrifying picture of a tree down. and then a lot of celebrities, too, took to twitter whether on the west of the east coast to wish everybody well. >> the one lovely thing i get a million e-mails, press releases every day. monday i didn't get a single press release from a single celebrity promoting anything but this so it was a really good thing. >> so, moving on, jennifer aniston and justin -- >> are shopping. >> slow news day, out shopping for furniture. >> oh, stop it, hoda. >> we are happy for them. >> this is why this is a big story. >> why? >> he has moved pretty much into her life. now they are starting fresh. they bought a house together. they are not using her furniture, they are buying furniture together, which what people are saying this is going to be a good relationship. >> cute. >> very cute. they were loo
from special interest groups. danielle lee has more from washington. >> reporter: congress may need to drown out the noise next week as they look more common ground to avoid $500 billion in tax increases. several unions launched an ad campaign, pressuring lawmakers to protect entitlement programs. >> for working families, it's not about cutting things we rely on most. >> reporter: advocates for the elderly, weaponsmakers, the oil and gas industry, even charity. >> congress has failed to do its job for the past ten years and they are so far continuing to fail to do their job. >> reporter: rick edleman worries the tug of war could end with no solution. a real possibility, as democrats reject spending cuts and republicans resist tax increases. >> if you're in congress, you can reduce taxes on january 2 relative to the new rates that prevail starting then. >> reporter: it's a dance analysts doubt lawmakers will risk taking. >> since it will affect every voter, i suspect there whether be a deal. >> reporter: lawmakers will start next week committed to compromise. in washington, danielle
in maine and maryland and washington are voting to legalize same-sex marriage. voters are being asked to amend to ban gay marriage. in washington and oregon and colorado, voters are choosing to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. and los angeles voters will decide if porn stars should be required to use condoms while performing in adult films. there is a request for more money in the bay area. there are almost three dozen tax measures. statewide, there are 300 revenue raising proposals up for votes. >>> and voters deciding to tax themselves. governor jerry brown is behind the measure. groups have spent millions of dollars trying to defeat. he was out in oakland casting his vote. we have christie smith joining us live from oakland with why this will not be an easy vote and proposition. >> reporter: good morning. a real slow, but steady group of voters here in oakland. governor jerry brown is among the first this morning. he told reporters he thinks the tax increases are a reasonable thing to ask given the alternative $6 billion in cuts. governor jerry brown greeted supporters o
around the country were already working around the clock. this team came from washington state. >> it is overwhelming, people don't realize, they see their small area, they wonder why it takes so long to get their power back on, but the amount of devastation is just so widespread that it is crazy. >> reporter: just down the road in bay head, the duncan's home is in -- unlivable. the only way to save what is left is to fish out soggy insulation like many, they wonder when the crazy weather will finally end. >> i mean, it is just like a joke, no, it is too cold for the locusts. >> reporter: surprising resiliency, for people who face daunting recovery. the state of new york put an estimated price tag on this double hit from sandy and the nor'easter at $33 billion. but of course what people really want to know, brian, when will they get their power back >>> thank you, stephanie, this storm added more misery to the folks on staten island, long described as the city's forgotten borough. ann curry went there after the lives were shattered. this week, she went back to check with the pe
reporting of the story tonight with nbc's andrea mitchell in our washington news room, good evening, andrea. >> reporter: good evening, brian, new questions tonight on why the fbi did not tell the president or the intelligence leaders about the involvement of petraeus's acknowledged mistress for months, even on new allegations on how it began. we learned today on what was in the e-mails to jill kelley, the family friend whose call for help to the fbi kicked off the investigation. nbc news investigative correspondent michael isikoff. the e-mails accuse her of associating with the general in tampa, but they had accesses on the comings and goings of david petraeus, news that somebody had high access to information. her brother says she is a victim >> my sister, number one is a mother, she has three kids and is very dedicated to the kids. number two, she is a wife and has been extremely dedicated to her husband. >> reporter: who would have access to the classified schedule? the fbi says that the trail led to the biographer, paula broadwell, seen here on a mission in 2010, in afghanistan a milit
is still on the job for now. in washington preparing for a senate confirmation hearing that has been put on hold. the pentagon has conducted a search of the home. jill kelly's brother took issue with it. >> she took issue with it and she did not realize it would spark a maelstorm. >> reporter: it took several days for the president to learn about petraeus. a senior defense official says allen denies doing anything inappropriate. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you very much. the latest strange twist, petraeus actually has a connection to a new video game released early this morning. scott mcgrew is here with that part of the story. >> good morning. the game is called "call of duty black ops 2." as you load this game into your x-box this morning, you are not waiting. you are discovering one of the characters in the game is indeed petraeus. now, there is no indication petraeus actually participated in the making of the game, but he is in there. we have some video here for you from last night. just before midnight, they are counting down. >> three, two, one. >> there they go.
weeks. >>> tracie potts for us in washington. tracie, thank you. >>> well, for now for a look at weather. tracking some business stuff in the west. >> the west coast is a place where the storms are going to be. most won't even travel across the nation. they'll be just hitting the coast and weakening and next one will reload. we're watching this morning some light rain around los angeles. notice just green on the map shows light rain. the white is light snow. looks like you have to head up to tahoe here in the central portions of the sierra to get any snow at all. let's show you rainfall expectancy. the most concentrated rains will be in the higher elevations here but as far as san jose, san francisco, northward, you have a better chance of heavier rainfall amounts and near yosemite and higher elevations we'll wring the moisture out. on and off showers in the forecast for everyone today. a bigger batch of rain will come into tomorrow. as far as what we're looking at on the map, here's the next impulse coming down in the jet stream. winds are fast. one behind that. this is the one we're de
day when so many people start to head back home. tom costello, nbc news, washington. >>> this night after thanksgiving is just another night of cold, dark, and curfews for so many people along the coast recovering from the monster storm named sandy. life is still standing still for people from the jersey shore, north through new york and beyond. just tonight, new jersey governor chris christie announced the preliminary estimate of damage in his state alone? $29 billion before it is all over. one of the landmarks that was ripped apart was seaside in new jersey, where the boardwalk was a summertime attraction for millions. pictures of the roller coaster relocated in the ocean have been shown around the world. and now local officials there are considering for now leaving it right where it sits as a tourist attraction, anything to bring the visitors back. >>> and there is a reason to celebrate for some hardest hit. breezy point in new york, where 111 homes were lost. this couple were busy planning their wedding set for the day when the storm hit last month. their house was flooded. the
in washington. >> reporter: at a little book store just outside the nation's capital president obama and his daughters were thinking small. >> we can do a little shopping as well. happy thanksgiving, everybody. >> reporter: on this small business saturday the president chose to lead by example. giving a boost to the small businesses that often get lost in the holiday sales shuffle. >> small businesses are the job creators. two out of every three met new private sector jobs are created by a small business. >> reporter: and those small business owners are counting on their neighbors for survival. >> just don't have that kind of budget, just advertising with the mega marketing. it's nice to still be remembered and small business saturday is the best time that people notice us. ♪ >> reporter: christmas traditions like this seem almost quaint when compared to the new face of the holidays. big chain stores got their holiday season off and running, even before the traditional black friday feeding frenzy. they're hoping an extra shopping week this year can boost their bottom lines to nearly $600 b
of next month, tax increases and spending cuts will kick in. we have more from washington with signs of a compromise. >> reporter: back from the turkey dinners, lawmakers are fresh. for months, efforts to avoid the tax increases and $100 billion in spending cuts have failed. republicans have been unwilling to raise taxes and democrats have been refusing to cut social security and medicare. now all that is changed. >> i'm willing to generate revenue. it is fair to ask my party to put revenue on the table. >> reporter: senator lindsey graham will violate a policy not to raise taxes. >> from my side of the table, bring reform. >> reporter: the promises come with contingencies. many republicans want to raise revenue by capping tax deductions or closing loopholes. democrats are still trying to keep some entitlement programs out of negotiations. >> social security set aside. it doesn't add to the deficit. when it comes to medicare and medicaid, protect the program. >> reporter: distance from a deal still evident although the gap between lawmakers is closing. just this morning, the white ho
the fiscal cliff. we have tracie potts with details from washington. >> reporter: today, president obama meets with small business leaders. a new white house economic report warns if tax breaks go away, the average middle class family will owe uncle sam $2,200 next year. >> middle class families should see an extension of the tax cuts. >> reporter: some republicans who have been dead set against raising taxes on anyone now hint they may consider other options. >> we have been open to revenue by closing loopholes as long as it is tied to spending cuts and pro-growth tax reform that broadens base. >> you don't raise rates. you cap the amounts of eitemize deductions. >> reporter: america is borrowing too much money trying to keep social security and medicare afloat. >> there will come a point in time where we can't borrow anymore money and interest rates will sky rocket. >> this congress is already one vote away from avoiding the fiscal cliff. >> reporter: and no word yet on when the next white house meeting will happen. tracie potts, nbc news, washington. >>> thank you. the governor of new
chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell in washington. andrea, good evening. >> good evening, brian. susan rice, by all accounts, the president's top choice to replace hillary clinton, had hoped to mend fences on capitol hill. it didn't turn out that way. the u.n. ambassador hasn't even been nominated to be secretary of state. but today she volunteered for a grilling in the senate. her critics were not satisfied. >> we are significantly troubled by many of the answers that we got and some that we didn't get. >> the bottom line, i'm more disturbed now than i was before. >> reporter: rice acknowledged today she was wrong on a key fact, when she went on five morning programs and said benghazi was a copycat attack. >> what happened in benghazi was initially a spontaneous reaction to what had just transpired hours before in cairo. >> reporter: there was no protest in benghazi, but she blamed the cia as she did last week. >> i relied solely and squarely on the information provided to me by the intelligence community. i made clear that the information was preliminary. >> reporter: a
pro-mize is possible in washington or was that just politics? >> i think compromise is always possible in washington. its standard in any kind of negotiation, including negotiations in business between management and unions for things to go down to the 11th hour. that doesn't mean things are falling aapartment it is the nature of the game and the way it is played. our government has managed to get through many, many crises and despite the rhetoric, despite the hostility we get things done eventually. it would be nicer if people were more civil toward one another but the reality is the government is pretty effective in the long run at getting things done. i'm always an optimist on this thing and i think we can do it. >> we know you disagree on a wide range of policies from taxes to the role of government. what where do you find common ground. >> eddie and i have been friends a long time. it's funny. we were together a few days ago and thinking of that same subject. i think we have broad agreement on tax reform. if you are going to do tax reform in 2013, what form should it take and how
in washington, d.c. with the latest on the race with 95 hours to go until the first polls close. good evening. >> reporter: 95, well that. >> can't spin that number. but both sides are spinning the unemployment number of 7.9, disagreeing about the significance of it. but agreeing oddly, they don't agree on much, especially this close to the end, on the importance of the number 18, the electoral votes of ohio that both candidates badly need. so close to the end, you know they're in ohio. mitt romney in etna. >> i'm counting on you. >> president obama in hilliard, caking credit for the auto bailout. >> in toledo, where chrysler is add mortgage than a thousand new jobs on a second shift, not in china, right here in ohio. >> reporter: it paid off for him, a two-point lead in ohio polls. >> this morning we learned the companies hired more workers in october than at any time in the last eight months. >> reporter: it's the last jobs report before the vote. 7.9% unemployment, slightly worse. 171,000 new jobs, better than expected, but not great. >> 300,000 really is where we want to be relative to wh
is just 31 years old. swalwell says he will help end gridlock in washington. he says it won't be easy, but his youth and optimism will hill. >> the 113th congress will be the youngest, most inexperienced congress in the history of congress. and i see that not as a liability, but as an opportunity. >> swalwell turns 32 next week and will be the second youngest member after 31-year-old aaron schock of illinois. congressman stark, who was first elected in 1972, did not grant any interviews today and left a campaign event last night without talking to any reporters. he did however issue a statement that reads it has been my honor to serve the female of the east bay for the last 40 years. i congratulate mr. swalwell on his victory. i am happy to be of assistance in the future. >>> this new congress in washington will have a feminine touch more than ever. 20 women snores, which is the most in the u.s. history. there are currently 17. three new women were elected in five states. and all six democratic women up for reelection won their races. that includes san francisco's dianne feinstein, wh
, they deserve a better government than they've been getting. they deserve all of us here in washington to be thinking every single day, how can i make things a little better for them? which isn't to say everything we do is going to be perfect or there aren't going to be big, tough challenges that we have to grapple with. but i do know the federal government can make a difference. we're seeing it right now on the jersey coast and in new york. people are still going through a really tough time. the response hasn't been perfect but it's been aggressive and strong and fast and robust and a lot of people have been helped because of it. and that's a pretty good metaphor for how i want the federal government to operate generally. i'm going to do everything i can to make sure it does. christy parson. >> thank you, mr. president. and congratulations by the way. >> thanks. >> one quick question -- >> christy was there when i was running for state senate. >> that's right, i was. >> christy and i go back a ways. >> i've never seen you lose. i wasn't looking that one time. >> there you go. >> one q
granting his only television interview to nbc's chrkristen welker. she is in our washington bureau. kristen, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, lester. i end viewed steven broil. petraeus was in the comeback forces in iraq. he says he is stunned about the news of his former boss. new details are emerging about how this all came to light. according to multiple sources the down fall of general david petraeus all started with a seemingly unrelated complaint to the fbi. officials say it was triggered by e-mails from petraeus' biographer, paula broadwell, to another woman not related to petraeus who felt she was being harassed and complained to the fbi. officials say in recent weeks the fbi traced the e-mails to broadwell and only stumbled on the relationship with tpetraeus as a result. >> my first reaction was disbelief. >> reporter: now petraeus' former spokesperson steven boylan is speaking out. he worked with the the the from 2005 to 2008 including in iraq. the two have remained close and spoke by phone on saturday. >> he said he had an excellent job, an exceptional family. he h
committee, congressman mike rogers of michigan. >>> then after the election, will washington get anything done? talks start on how to avoid the fiscal cliff, as mitt romney draws fire from fellow republicans by accusing the president of doling out, quote, gifts to minority groups in exchange for their vote. what's the fallout and the future of the gop? with us, tea-party backed congressman raul labrador, tom friedman, former white house chief of staff for bill clinton john podesta, republican strategist mike murphy, and nbc news chief foreign affairs correspondent andrea mitchell. >>> announcer: from nbc news in washington, the world's longest-running television program, this is "meet the press" with david gregory. >>> good sunday morning. with the president's national security team under fire over the petraeus resignation and the benghazi attacks, the president arrived on the world stage this morning for a summit in east asia, and he's got new worries on his mind about the prospect of a war in the middle east as israel and palestinian militants get closer to the brink this weekend. israe
better know this, missy, who was the first president to live in the white house, george washington, john adams, thomas jefferson or james madison? >> john adams. >> wow, she knows her stuff. wow. wow. wow. >> the resident act established the nation's first capitol in philadelphia. that's where george washington lived. they built the white house for eight years, cost $232,000 to build the white house. a bargain in today's dollars, but not back then. john adams and abigail moved in in 1800. >> back across to kathy. >> holly jean gifford, can you believe it upstate new york? who was the youngest person to become president, was it james polk, theodore roosevelt, john f. kennedy or bill clinton? >> john f. kennedy. >> that's what i thought, too. >> she's wrong. the correct answer there is -- >> theodore roosevelt. i have all their ages. >> tell us. 1901, theodore roosevelt became president at the age of 42 years and 322 days, youngest president. after his, kennedy, 43 bill clinton, third youngest, 46, then ulysses s grant and barack obama, fifth youngest president, sworn in at 47 years and 16
are finally counted in washington state confirming that washington has join maine and maryland as the first states to allow same sex marriage by popular vote. six other states, new york, connecticut, eye warning massachusetts and new hampshire and vermont already allow gay marriage, but it was enacted there by either lawmaker or court ruling. not by public vote. in the state of washington, campaign supporters of same sex marriage included microsoft founder bill gates, jeff from amazon and new york's mayor, michael bloomberg. >>> still ahead, need to improve your focus? there is a simple task that could help you. >>> and which country president obama will be visiting later this month. >>> and was it an act of war? tonight the pentagon responds to the attack on a u.s. drone. and for the first time, the man who tried to kill gabriel giffords. [ man ] it's big. supports in times of need. same with aladdin. the biggest in bail. no one has lower prices, is faster or more professional. aladdin bail bonds. bigger because we're better. . >>> seven live sentences plus another 140 years. that's for th
-hop rapper shyra gun and a producer traveled to washington to accept the award. the oakland program was one of a dozen after-school arts programs from across the country recognized. >> i think it's a long time coming, to tell you the truth. i think youth radio has done amazing work for years. and it's great that we're finally getting recognized for the work we do for this community. >> reporter: this 19-year-old says youth radio changed his life, giving him direction and helping him discover his passion. >> it's 7:00 in the morning in fremont, california. and dee is already running late. >> reporter: thanks to youth radio, he's well on his way to launching a career in radio journalism. in fact, his reports have already aired on national public radio and other outlets. >> i think so much of what i've learned her and what i've done here. it's helped me develop both a sense of myself and where i can go. >> reporter: the program's state-of-the-art equipment and professional staff, not only groomed hundreds of journalists, it's also fostered budding musicians and hope many kids find their niche
to help the tone in washington? absolutely not. he has promised to rubber stamp a tea party agenda. you know, senator reid said friday that the romney agenda is d.o.a. so the notion that governor romney will rubber stamp a tea party agenda and help solve the dysfunction in washington, it's going to be worse. >> before you go, i want to ask you about what is still both a highly politicized and very important question about this raid in libya on our consulate in benghazi that killed our ambassador chris stevens. a lot of misinformation about this and a politicization of this in the time days. but still important questions that seem to boil down to this. why was security at our consulate so inadequate, particularly when there were warnings in advance about an attack on the consulate? why was there such little force nearby to respond to the kind of attack that ultimately took place? >> well, david, that's exactly why the state department has an accountability review board that's going to -- right now is undertaking a very thorough investigation. obviously, as facts come out, those have been
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